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350.org Responds to Research Showing Sharp Rise in Carbon Emissions in the United States

WASHINGTON - New research estimates that in 2018 climate change-causing carbon dioxide emissions rose sharply in the United States, an increase of 3.4%, the largest increase in eight years. This news comes a month after scientists reported that greenhouse gas emissions worldwide rose at an accelerating pace in 2018, putting the world on track to face some of the most severe consequences of climate change sooner than expected.

In response to the report, May Boeve, Executive Director 350.org, said:

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“There are consequences to government inaction. This research shows that without taking critical measures to cut fossil-fuel emissions much more drastically, we are locking ourselves into the devastating consequences of climate change, including rising sea levels, more severe hurricanes and storms, wildfires, and more.

“We refuse to throw our hands up in defeat, because we know what must be done. With a new Congress in session, we demand they heed these warnings and step up to act at the scale of the crisis. We need to pass a Green New Deal and hold fossil fuel executives accountable for exacerbating climate change. We need Congress, and elected officials at all levels, to back bold climate policy that creates millions of family sustaining jobs in a just transition off fossil fuels to a 100% renewable economy. We have the solutions, and this is the only way that we can turn this around.”

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350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. But solutions exist. All around the world, a movement is building to take on the climate crisis, to get humanity out of the danger zone and below 350. This movement is massive, it is diverse, and it is visionary. We are activists, scholars, and scientists. We are leaders in our businesses, our churches, our governments, and our schools. We are clean energy advocates, forward-thinking politicians, and fearless revolutionaries. And we are united around the world, driven to make our planet livable for all who come after us.

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